by Kent M. Keith

Anyway: The Paradoxical CommandmentsFinding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World

These ten principles were first articulated by Kent Keith as a student at Harvard in the 1960s. Since then, unbeknownst to him, they were quoted, circulated, and appropriated by countless people around the world and back again. They even served as a source of inspiration for Mother Teresa. Now, here are his commandments, the philosophy behind them, and the stories that bring them to life.

The first five Paradoxical Commandments:

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. 

  • Love them anyway.
  • If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
  • Do good anyway.
  • If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
  • Succeed anyway.
  • The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
  • Do good anyway.
  • Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
  • Be honest and frank anyway.